+ Friday October 18th, 2019

Telstra has made a small but welcome change to its Telstra TV program – any Telstra customer can now buy the device and use it on their own broadband connection, regardless of their home ISP. Until now you’ve only been able to acquire and use the device if you’re using a Telstra broadband connection, but the restriction to Telstra’s network is now removed.

The company says they’ve already moved 1.4 million units to date, and that’s with their on-plan exclusivity in place. With the device now available to everyone, that number could increase drastically and make the platform one of Australia’s most popular devices for streaming.

Telstra TV is one is the few devices in the Australian market with apps from all the major streaming and catch-up TV services, and it’ll also let run your antenna through it – so you don’t need to switch away from its input port for anything.

It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a streaming box to add to your home network. Check out Alex’s review of the third generation Telstra TV, or head over to the Telstra TV site if you’re ready to take the plunge.

As for the requirement of being a Telstra customer? Well, the fine print on the product page says you need a Telstra ID to activate the device, and that means you need an active Telstra service — or, you need a friend or relative with one who doesn’t mind sharing their details just for device activation.

Source: Telstra TV.

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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